Yes, You Can Have Too Many Friends

from the backlash dept

In all the fuss about the supposed value of social-networking sites, one factor is seemingly being ignored: what the sites' users make of their growing popularity. Unfortunately for the likes of MySpace and Facebook, it's not all good news, as the problems popularity can bring is leading some users to give up. They say they're overwhelmed with advertising and spam, while some Facebook users aren't happy with changes it's made, including the decision to open itself up to everyone, rather than being closed to students or employees of certain companies. MySpace and Facebook's growth is slowing, and traffic at the sites fell in September, though their execs say it's just a seasonal issue because kids were going back to school (which you'd think might increase their use of Facebook, but apparently not). So despite all the money being thrown around in this space, it's still got plenty of issues to work out, the biggest being just how to monetize their traffic. It's easy to slap ads all over the place, but it's much more difficult to do it without alienating the users generating all that traffic.

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    UCGunjin, 26 Oct 2006 @ 2:09pm

    Apparently there aren't any English majors responsible for any of these posts, including myself. Besides, post etiquette does not include rules of grammar, spelling or even proper speech flow. It's much more productive in a post thread to just stick with the topic and keep your grammatical opinions, many times incorrect, to yourself.

    As far as the whole MySpace and Facebook website phenomena is concerned: who really cares? Websites like that don't really serve to further cultivate international relations since most people's personalities on the internet are not the same as they are in person. Furthermore, with all of the advertisements and malware that permeates the site, it's little better than watching commercial television.

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